Student group creates life-size bar graph to illustrate deadliness ...

Metro students created a giant human bar graph Sunday, comparing deaths from obesity to murder, suicide, vehicle crashes and other causes, at Mears Park in St. Full Story
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Observer

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jun 14, 2010
For all the awareness and proposed solutions, nothing will have the power of artificially propping up unhealthy eating habits.

http://www.examiner.com/x-36867-Minneapolis-E...
Reality Bites

Tallahassee, FL

#2 Jun 14, 2010
That's great. Ecourage people to judge and shame others because of the way they look. Does anyone really think that fat people like being fat? Do you think this kind of display will help - at all? Fat kids are harrassed enough at school.
Pick a new cause, kids.
Jenny Craig

Pleasanton, CA

#3 Jun 14, 2010
...and then they went out for pizza and ice cream.

Since: Mar 09

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#4 Jun 14, 2010
...funded with tobacco money...does everyone see where this is headed? belevoleng government wants to tell us all how and what to eat,'banning' foods which are 'bad' for us.
Reg and the PFJ

San Francisco, CA

#5 Jun 14, 2010
I suppose the kiddies will soon be told to report the contents of their parents' cupboards to the "Health and Wellness Enforcement Committee."

It seems ironic, too, that one of the best ways for these youth to develop heathly lifestyles, as well as self-confidence and leadership skills, is completely looked-down on by the Utopians: Competitive Sports. You know, where there are winners and losers, varying degrees of ability, etc? Instead they are supposed to march and protest and tell everyone esle how to live.

Might be time to contemplate that move to Australia...
The real - NICE

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jun 14, 2010
Reg and the PFJ wrote:
I suppose the kiddies will soon be told to report the contents of their parents' cupboards to the "Health and Wellness Enforcement Committee."
It seems ironic, too, that one of the best ways for these youth to develop heathly lifestyles, as well as self-confidence and leadership skills, is completely looked-down on by the Utopians: Competitive Sports. You know, where there are winners and losers, varying degrees of ability, etc? Instead they are supposed to march and protest and tell everyone esle how to live.
Might be time to contemplate that move to Australia...
Could not agree more.
BabsInStPaul

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Jun 14, 2010
"Denzel Kingsbury knows firsthand the effects of an unhealthy diet.
His grandmother, who was an overweight smoker, died five years ago from a heart attack at age 57, Kingsbury said. "

Not knowing all of the details, I'm guessing that the grandmother's heart attack was more related to the fact that she smoked, more so that the fact that she was overweight. Neither smoking or being overweight are good for you, but put the two together, and I think it's VERY unhealthy.

I also noticed that on this life sized "bar graph", that tobacco was not one of the causes listed.(Or at least I couldn't see it...)
What's up with that?

Lastly, eating healthy is not cheap. Fresh vegetables, fruits and lean meats are more expensive than corn, potatoes, and processed meats. Good luck trying to put together a school lunch that is healthy AND in the price range of a typical school lunch, AND tastes good when prepared in large quantities.

Even if you create such a lunch, then there is the matter of getting the kids to eat it. Why eat healthy when you can drive/walk to McDonalds and eat off of the dollar menu?

A good shot at eating a healthy lunch would be a bag lunch prepared at home, just like in the good old days.:)
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Jun 14, 2010
I think most fat people are fat because they have never seen a life sized bar chart... ;)

Mr. Rogers: Can you say Media Event?
wag the dog

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Jun 14, 2010
Good luck. Cheap food is a strong ally in pushing profit-laden pharmaceuticals. Wall Street is the disease.
wag the dog

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jun 14, 2010
Reg and the PFJ wrote:
I suppose the kiddies will soon be told to report the contents of their parents' cupboards to the "Health and Wellness Enforcement Committee."
It seems ironic, too, that one of the best ways for these youth to develop heathly lifestyles, as well as self-confidence and leadership skills, is completely looked-down on by the Utopians: Competitive Sports. You know, where there are winners and losers, varying degrees of ability, etc? Instead they are supposed to march and protest and tell everyone esle how to live.
Might be time to contemplate that move to Australia...
Australia? The socialist banana republic? Wow. I hope you research your "move" a little more if you are seeking to "flee socialism" by going to Australia! They have more severe nanny-stating going on that America. LOL!
No Surprise

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Jun 14, 2010
Maybe if we just called them fat instead of obese, they might take it seriously. Sugarcoating the name for fat people just excuses the behavior.
The real - NICE

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Jun 14, 2010
No Surprise wrote:
Maybe if we just called them fat instead of obese, they might take it seriously. Sugarcoating the name for fat people just excuses the behavior.
Obese sounds worse than fat..
Hmmm

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Jun 14, 2010
I fear under Obamacare, every last detail of human existence will be deemed "acceptable" or "unacceptable." Can we just set health premiums based on how overweight you are and get on with it? Don't penalize those whose choose NOT to eat crap fast food and make yourself look like a Sharpei with all the rolls of fat. I eat so healthy and I don't get a thing for it, other than a more expensive grocery bill, and my health insurance sees fewer bills as a result. Car insurance is doing away with deductibles for those who drive safely. Do the same with health insurance! Lower the premiums if you lead a healthy lifestyle and your tests check out ok!
dan

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jun 14, 2010
They are promoting CHOICES. Nobody is telling you can't eat a pizza once and a while. Sorry, if you are fat, it's your fault. Find pictures of your family from the 50's, Very FEW FAT PEOPLE!
JAdams

AOL

#15 Jun 14, 2010
Little Marxists in training for their future government jobs.
Fatty Foureyes

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Jun 15, 2010
Tough love for fat people: Tax their food to pay for healthcare

"When historians look back to identify the pivotal moments in the nation's struggle against obesity, they might point to the current period as the moment when those who influenced opinion and made public policy decided it was time to take the gloves off.

As evidence of this new "get-tough" strategy on obesity, they may well cite a study released today by the Urban Institute titled "Reducing Obesity: Policy Strategies From the Tobacco Wars."

In the debate over healthcare reform, the added cost of caring for patients with obesity-related diseases has become a common refrain: most recent is the cost-of-obesity study, also released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It finds that as obesity rates increased from 18.3% of Americans in 1998 to 25% in 2006, the cost of providing treatment for those patients' weight-driven problems increased healthcare spending by $40 billion a year."

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots...

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Tax the fatties, but hand out needles to junkies for free.

We live in the freaking Twilight Zone.

I thought the chubby new surgeon general would fix this leftist tendency ...
TheGreatestObser ver

United States

#17 Jun 15, 2010
The schools no longer have sufficient physical education for exercise for all students, and no longer have home economics to teach nutrition, food preparation, and budgeting (which should be for boys as well). A job well done!
ha ha

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Jun 15, 2010
Fatty Foureyes wrote:
Tough love for fat people: Tax their food to pay for healthcare
"When historians look back to identify the pivotal moments in the nation's struggle against obesity, they might point to the current period as the moment when those who influenced opinion and made public policy decided it was time to take the gloves off.
As evidence of this new "get-tough" strategy on obesity, they may well cite a study released today by the Urban Institute titled "Reducing Obesity: Policy Strategies From the Tobacco Wars."
In the debate over healthcare reform, the added cost of caring for patients with obesity-related diseases has become a common refrain: most recent is the cost-of-obesity study, also released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It finds that as obesity rates increased from 18.3% of Americans in 1998 to 25% in 2006, the cost of providing treatment for those patients' weight-driven problems increased healthcare spending by $40 billion a year."
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots...
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Tax the fatties, but hand out needles to junkies for free.
We live in the freaking Twilight Zone.
I thought the chubby new surgeon general would fix this leftist tendency ...
That's great, but there is presently $60 BILLION a year in medicare fraud. Clean up the abuses and we'll still have $20 BILLION left over and no one needs to be told what to do with their own bodies by nanny-staters!

A few bucks for a few needles, or a prison sentence to the tune of $26K/year for the tax payers to pay for?? Do away with the nanny-stater drug war and save another $40 BILLION a year and again allow people domain over their own bodies. I don't know a SOUL who wants to stick a needle in their arm, so odd choice to bring that up?? Hardly a HUGE problem for America, but the problems PROHIBITION cause are very costly.
mdk

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Jun 15, 2010
Just put the fork down already ... whatever happened to discipline?
Bob

Hastings, MN

#21 Jun 15, 2010
dan wrote:
They are promoting CHOICES. Nobody is telling you can't eat a pizza once and a while.
For now..... just wait until the socialists start down this path as well by telling us what we can and cannot eat and banning so-called junk food. I for one will eat whatever I want whenever I want and the government can go pound sand.

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